Chembra Peak

There are many places in Kerala where we can find adventure. One such place is the Chembra Peak situated in the Wayanad district. Chembra Peak situated about 2100 m above the sea level is the highest peak in Wayanad. This peak is situated in the town of meppady which is about 14 km west of kalpetta. Chembra peak is a part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats.  Chembra Peak is one of the most suitable places for trucking. Mostly trucking is done seasonally and you need the permission from the forest office at meppady for this.

If you are planning for trucking at Chembra Peak then remember to carry the following things with you
–      Please carry one strong back-pack
–  2 litres water bottle
–  Head wear like Caps, hats or bandanas
–  Toiletries (Comb, shampoo, tissue paper, soap, toothbrush, etc.)
–  Small torch with new batteries
–  Shoes for trekking
–  Change of clothes enough for two days
–  Energy food such as Chocolates, Nutri-bars, juice packs etc.
–  Rain coat (Highly suggested)
–  Moov spray / Lemon for leeches

 

How to reach here

Chembra is situated  in Meppadi (Meppady) Panchayath, which is about 11 km off NH212 (Kollegal – Mysore – Kozhikode, KSRTC (both Kerala & Karnataka) and a lot of private deluxe  buses are available  between Kozhikode (aka Calicut) and Bengaluru

The Rearest railway station is  Kannur as these is no rail service in Wayanad district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasurasagar dam is a must visit place if you are in a trip to wayanad. Banasura Sagar Dam which is a part of Indian Banasurasagar Project is the biggest earth dam in India. The Dam is build across Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River., The main objective of this project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric Power plant. Banasurasagar Dam provides water for irrigation and is the source of drinking water for the region when shortage arises in some seasons.  The project was started in the year 1979 consisting of a canal and a Dam.

This place is famous for its spectacular scenic beauty.  When the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas a number of islands came into existence. Banasura Hills along with these Islands provides us an awesome view.  A small children’s park is also there near the Dam. Speed boats are arranged in the Dam which facilitates boating through the islands.

 

How to reach here

Banasurasagar Dam is situated in wayanad district in Kerala, as rail is not there in the district the nearest railway station is Kannur Rail way station.  Dam is about 21 Km from the Kalpetta town

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Thekkady

Thekkady is situated in the state of Kerala near to the Kerala Tamilnadu border town Kumili. The place is famous for the Periyar national park and wild life sanctuary which is a elephant and tiger reserve. In the year 1982 the core zone was declared as Periyar National Park. Periyar Wild life sanctuary is an ever green Forest which spreads about 925 km square. Thekkady is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. The Periyar Wild life sanctuary is the home for many unique species of animals. A vivid collection of flora can be seen here including the moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. There are provision for trucking and jeep safari in the sanctuary. There are many home stays and resorts in Kumili where you can get accommodation.

How to reach here

The nearest railway station is Kottayam at a distance of about 119km. Madurai international Airport is at a distance of 114 km and the Cochin international airport at a distance of 185 km.

 

 

Munnar

Located at an altitude of 6000 feet Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in south India. With its awesome climatic conditions and natural beauty Munnar is one of the best holyday destinations in the state.  You can explore a rich Variety of flora and fauna in the hills of munnar. Unending tea plantations, luxurious resorts, mesmerizing natural beauty, Munnar has it all. the name Munnar is believed to be originated from the two words ” munnu ” and ” aaru”  meaning three and river. This argument is supposed to be true as the geographical location of Munnar is at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.  The temperature ranges between 5 °C and 25 °C in winter and 15 °C and 25 °C in summer. You can visit Munnar anytime between August and May. Avoid the trip at June – July season  as there is every chance that the monsoon might ruin your trip

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How to reach here

The nearest railway station is at Ernakulum and is at a distance of about 140km and the nearest Airport is the Cochin international Airport. Munnar is accessible by road and it’s the road trip that is the thrilling of all

 Places to stay in Munnar 


Tea County (KTDC)
KTDC Hill Resort
Munnar
teacountymunnar@ktdc.com
www.teacountymunnar.com, www.ktdc.com
+91 4865 230460, 230969, 230971 – 73, +91 4865 230970
Tariff Rs.4000 – 10000

T & U Leisure Hotel
Mattupetty Road
Munnar
mail@tanduleisurehotel.com
www.tanduleisurehotel.com
+91 4865 233081- 84, +91 4865 231529
Tariff Rs.4500 – 11000

Abad Copper Castle
Kannan Devan Hills
Munnar
coppercastle@abadhotels.com
www.abadhotels.com
+91 4865 230633, 230443, +91 4865 231201, 202
Tariff Rs.3000 – 6250

Forest Haven Resorts
Vattiyar P.O.
Mankulam Road
Kallar, Munnar
foresthavenresort@yahoo.com
www.foresthavenresort.com
+91 4864 278401, 278096, 278714, +91 4864 278096
Tariff Rs. 3000 – 5000

Camelot Resort
Munnar P.O.
camelotmunnar@sancharnet.in
www.camelotmunnar.com
+91 4865 231195, 230540, 231840, +91 4865 230540
Tariff Rs.4235 – 8235

Eastend Munnar
Temple Road
Munnar
eastend@eastend.in
www.eastend.in
+91 4865 230451,
Tariff Rs. 3250 – 3500

Westwood Riverside Garden Resort
Munnar
sales@westwoodmunnar.com
www.westwoodmunnar.com
+91 4865 230884, 230885, 230886, +91 4865 230886
Tariff Rs.3000 – 5600

Mermaid Hotel
Opposite Munnar Panchayat Hall Munnar
mermaid@md4.vsnl.net.in
www.milmermaid.com
+91 4865 232320, 232322, +91 4865 230852
Tariff Rs.1750 – 3500

Le Celestium
Near Tea County
Munnar
mail@lecelestium.com
www.lecelestium.com
+91 4865 231988, 230118, +91 4865 231988
Tariff Rs.2199 – 4999

Issacs Residency
Top Station – Mattupetty road
Munnar Town
Munnar
residencymunnar@gmail.com
www.issacresidency.com
+91 4865 230501 – 04, +91 4865 230265
Tariff Rs.3200 – 9600

Ela Ecoland
Vattiyar Post
Mankulam Road
Kallar, Munnar
elaecoland@gmail.com
www.elaecoland.com
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Tariff Rs.1750 – 4000

The High Range Club
Munnar
mail@highrangeclubmunnar.com
www.highrangeclubmunnar.com
+91 4865 230253, 230724, 230597,
Tariff Rs.1750 – 3500

Munnar Inn
Kakkanattu Towers
Telephone Office Junction
Munnar
info@munnarinn.in
www.munnarinn.in
+91 4865 231735, 230736,
Tariff Rs.1900 – 2500

Poopada Resorts Munnar
Kannan Devan Hills
Munnar
holidays@poopada.com
www.poopada.com
+91 4865 231781- 82, 230223,
Tariff Rs.1400 – 2700

Elysium Garden Hill Resort
Top Station Road
Munnar
info@elysiumgarden.com
www.elysiumgarden.com
+91 4865 230510, 232620, +91 4865 231348
Tariff Rs.2200 – 8800

Spice Garden Resorts
IInd Mile
Munnar
contact@spicegardenresorts.com
www.spicegardenresorts.com
+ 91 4865 263696,
Tariff Rs.1800 – 2500

Misha Holiday Home
Misha Junction
Munnar
mishaholidays@gmail.com
www.mishaholiday.com
+91 4865 230376, 232376,
Tariff Rs.1400 – 2500

Spring Dale Resort
Devikulam P.O.
Munnar
reservation@springdaleresort.com
www.springdaleresort.com
+91 4865 264268, 264388, +91 4865 264388
Tariff Rs.900 – 3000

Greenberg Resorts
Nadukani, Kulamavu P.O.
Munnar,
reservations@greenbergresorts.com
www.greenbergresorts.com
+91 4862 259954, 259984, 259985,
Tariff Rs.2750 – 7500

Misty Mountian Resort
Randam Mile / Second Mile Junction
Pallivasal, Munnar
booking@mistymountainresort.in
www.mistymountainresort.in
+91 4865 263784, 263804,
Tariff Rs.3000 – 6000

High Range Club
Munnar
mail@highrangeclubmunnar.com
www.highrangeclubmunnar.com
+91 4865 230253, 230597, +91 4865 230724
Tariff Rs.1750 – 3250

Royal Retreat
Kannan Devan Hills
Munnar
resrvation@royalretreat.co.in
www.royalretreat.co.in
+91 4865 230440, 231112 -15,
Tariff Rs.2000 – 3500

Mount Shelt
Munnar
mountsheltnm@gmail.com+91 4865 232071,
Tariff Rs.1000 – 1200

Munnar Tourist Home
Devikulam Road
Munnar
munnartouristhome@yahoo.com
www.munnartouristhome.com
+91 4865 230353, 230862, +91 4865 231385
Tariff Rs.900 – 3000

S N Annex
Opp.Govt.Guest House
Munnar
snannex@rediffmail.com
www.snthekkady.com
+91 4865 232022, 232033,
Tariff Rs. 1650 – 2400

S N Tourist Home
A.M. Road
Munnar
snannex@rediffmail.com
www.snthekkady.com
+91 4865 230212, 230312,
Tariff Rs. 750 -1750

Talliar Valley Bungalow
Talliar Estate
Talliar
Munnar
sureshbabu.g@teil.in
www.teabungalows.com
+91 4865 257314,
Tariff Rs.6500

Hotel Hillview Munnar
Kannan Devan Hills
A M Road, Munnar
info@hillviewmunnar.com
www.hillviewmunnar.com
+91 4865 230567, 230241, 230801, +91 4865 230241
Tariff Rs. 1900 – 3800

Albarad Hotel
T.B. Road
Munnar
munnar@albaradhotels.com
www.albaradhotels.com
+91 4865 233055, 232034,
Tariff Rs.1650 – 2850

Aida Tourist Home
Near K S R T C Bus Stand
Munnar
aidatouristhomemnr@gmail.com
www.aidatouristhome.com
+91 4865 230542,
Tariff Rs. 600 -1500

Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel
Kannan Devan Hills
A.M.Road
Munnar
mail@cloudsvalley.com
www.cloudsvalleymunnar.com
+91 4865 230687, 230689 ,
Tariff Rs. 3500 – 5000

Grand Plaza Munnar
M.S.A. Road
Munnar
relations@grandplazamunnar.com
www.grandplazamunnar.com
+91 4865 230889, 232491, 230609, +91 4865 230609
Tariff Rs. 3500 – 9000

Grand Plaza Munnar
M.S.A. Road
Munnar
relations@grandplazamunnar.com
www.grandplazamunnar.com
+91 4865 230889, 232491, 230609, +91 4865 230609
Tariff Rs. 3500 – 9000

Green Ridge Holiday Home
NH Road, Central Munnar
Munnar P.O.
greenridgemunnar@gmail.com
greenridge.co.in
+91 486 5231164, 232481, 232482,
Tariff Rs. 2900 – 3900

Archana Residency
M.S.A. Road
Munnar
contact@archanaresidency.com
www.archanaresidency.com
+91 4865 230286, 232526, 232546, +91 4865 231576
Tariff Rs. 2600 – 5000

Dhanyasree
Chilling Plant Road
Near Govt. Guest House
Munnar
dhanyasreehotels@rediffmail.com
www.dhanyasree.in
+91 4865 232552, 232553,
Tariff Rs. 900 – 4000

Royal Club Holidays
Opp. Tea County
Munnar
royalclubholidaysmunnar@gmail.com
www.royalclubmunnar.com
+91 4865 231282,
Tariff Rs. 700 – 2500

 

Great Escapes Resorts
Chinnakkanal
Munnar
germunnar@yahoo.com
www.germunnar.com
+91 4865 285899,
Tariff Rs. 1800 – 6750


The Tall Trees Resort
Munnar
info@ttr.in
www.ttr.in
+91 4865 230641, 230331, 232716, 232717,
Tariff Rs.5400 – 241500

Kuruvadweep

Kerala is the land of beauty, with its vivid geographic and climatic conditions Kerala has been the favorites of tourists for years.  Kuruvadweep is an island situated in the wayanad district.  The natural island which spreads over 950 acres is almost 17 kms away from manathavady. Kuruvadweep or the Kuruva Islands is the home of many rich flora and fauna and the unique geographical conditions make kuruvadweep one of the best places to visit in the district of wayanad.  The island is a dense ever green forest and it is well maintained by Kerala Tourism department because of the increasing number of visitors. Kuruvadweep is one of the best places to visit with family as it is safe and have much fun stuff to do.  If you are a bird watcher then there is lot for you in this mesmerizing place.  One of the major wildlife sanctuaries the Beguar wild life sanctuary is close to Kuruvadweep. Boating facilities are also available here in kuruvadweep.

How to reach here

The nearest town is manathavady which is at a distance of17 km from the island. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport at a distance of about 75 Km. If you are coming by train   the nearest rail way station is the Kozhikodu Rail way station.

 

Kerala Kalamandalam

Kerala the state with the highest literacy rates is famous for many other things also. There are many unique art forms in the state that has fascinated the art lovers for ages. But these art forms were in the verge of extinction. In  1930 in the urge of promoting these art forms one of the greatest poets from Kerala  Vallathol established the Kerala Kalamandalam. Kalamandalam offers training in many traditional art forms such as Mohiniyattam,kathakali,thullal, Drama and fock dances.  Another important places to visit near kalamandalam are the temple of “kozhimamparambu”Bhagavathy , St. Thomas Chruch and the Cheruthutruthy  Mosque. Kerala Kalamandalam is  situated in a place named Cheruthuruthy in the District of Thrissur.  For decades Kalamandalam has been teaching the world the legacy of Kerala  and is one of the most respected art institutions in the world. People from all over the world come here to taste the essence of the spectacular culture of Kerala. Kalamandalam was awarded the status of “Deemed University For Art and Culture in the year 2006 by the Government of India. Kalamandalam has produced many famous personalities including Kalamandalam Appukutty Poduval, kalamandalam Krishnan Nair-a legendary kadhakali performer and so on.

 

How to reach here

The nearest Air ports are at kochi and Calicut both around 90 km from kalamandalam

Its almost 30 km away from thrissur you can come either by bus or can hire a cab

The nearest railway station is shornur railway station which is just 2km away.

Shakthan Thamburan Palace

There are many famous palaces and forts in the beautiful state of kerala. One amoung these is the Shakthan Thamburan palace situated in thrissur. It was constructed by the farmous Ramavarma Thampuran known as Shakthan Thamburan. Shakthan Thamburan was the greatest ruler  of kochi.  Shakthan Thamburan palace was build in the year 1795 in kerala –Duch style.it was first named as Vadakkekara palace but is commonly known as Shakthan Thamburan Palace. In the year 2005 the government of Kerala converted the palace to a museum.

The palace is similar to the palaces built in the 18th century. It has a traditional kerala style out look with the nalukettu , spacious rooms and high roofs. Italian marble is used to do the flooring. The interiors of the palace is ultra comfortable in any weather conditions. The skill of the technicians lived in during the 18th century can be clearly seen in the marvel.

Museum in the palace is attracting large mass attraction to this place. Here we can see the bronze statues belonging to 12th and 18th century. Coins , writings and other valuable remains of the past can be seen here. One of the specialties of this place is the archeological garden where archeological remains even from the Stone Age are preserved.

How to reach here

The nearest airport is Kochi international Airport which is at a distance of 79 km.

The temple is near to the Thrissur city so you can reach by train or bus

 

Vadakkunnathan Temple

Vadakkunnathan Temple is one of the most popular Shiva temples in Kerala. It is situated in Thrissur district in kerala. Kerala the southern state in India has a rich cultural heritage.Vadakkunnathan Temple can be spotted as a fine example for the cultural heritage and architectural style of the state. We can see various artworks and paintings in the temple. Mural paintings which were declared as a National monument by the India government can be seen inside the temple. The temple is surrounded by monumental towers known as kuttambalam on all the four sides. Various artworks carved in wood can be seen in the walls of the koottambalam.

According to mythology surrounding the temple, the temple was built around 1000 years ago by Parasurama, an incarnation of lord Vishnu. Parasurama is also known as the creator of Kerala itself by throwing his axe into the sea. If we talk about Vadakkumnadha  temple and we forgot the legendary thrissur pooram it will not be fair. Vadakkunnathan Temple is the main venue for the famous Thrissur pooram. Non hindus are not allowed to enter the temple.if you have some interest in ancient paintings and art forms then Vadakkunnathan Temple is a much visit place.

How to reach here

The nearest airport is Kochi international Airport which is at a distance of 79 km.

The temple is near to the Thrissur city so you can reach by train or bus by ease.

 

 

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Peechi Dam

Peechi dam is one of the oldest dams in the state of Kerala. Peechi dam is a concrete straight gravity dam. The dam is situated in Thrissur district of Kerala. It was started in order to facilitate irrigation in the surrounding villages. This dam situated about 22 kilometers outside of the Thrissur also provides the drinking water for the city. It is constructed across the Manali River. The dam was constructed in 1958 with E.Ikkanda warrier being its architect. The people of Thrissur first protested against the construction of the dam. A retired engineer from Andhra Pradesh build the dam as the engineers in Kerala was against the construction. The dam and the surrounding area spread to about 125 square kilometers. The surroundings of the Dam is stuffed with natural beauty and flora of different Varity can be seen here

How to reach here
The nearest airport is the Kochi international Airport which is at a distance of 98 km from the dam
We can approach the dam by rail also. The nearest being the Thrissur railway station about 22 km from the dam
The dam is just 15 km from Thrissur, we can hire a cab or come by bus.

 

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Guruvayur temple

India is the land of great spirituality. Thousands of temples  and other religious places are there in the country. Kerala, the gods own country is an abode to many mesmerizing spiritual places. People of all religions live in harmony here. Guruvayur temple is one of the most historical and spiritual places in the country. It is situated in the thrissur district  in Kerala.  People come here to worship lord Vishnu. Guruvayur is often known as the Dwaraka of southern India. Name given to lord of this temple is “guruvayurappan”. Appan in the local language means father hence the word conveys the meaning father of guruvayur. Guruvayur is one of the most holy places in Kerala, people from all over pour into this place to get blessings from lord Vishnu. The history of the temple goes beyond centuries. It is said the temple was build about 5000 years ago, although no historical evidence is about the same but in a Tamil literature book named  “ Kokasandesam” from 14th century  a place named kuruvayur is made. By this we can estimate that the legacy of guruvayur goes behind at least half a millennia.

 

Daily pooja timing in Guruvayur

Temple will open at around 3am and after the days pooja it closes at 10pm. Here is the temple timings for your convenience.

Time

Pooja

3.00am to 3.30am Nirmalyam
3.20am to 3.30am Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam
3.30am to 4.15am Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram
4.15am to 4.30am Usha Nivedyam
4.30am to 6.15am Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja
7.15am to 9.00am Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja
11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha pooja (the noon pooja)
4.30pm to 5.00pm Seeveli
6.00pm to 6.45pm Deeparadhana
7.30pm to 7.45pm Athazha pooja Nivedyam
7.45pm to 8.15pm Athazha pooja
8.45pm to 9.00pm Athazha seeveli
9.00pm to 9.15pm Thrippuka, Olavayana
9.15pm The Sreekovil will be closed. On the day of Special Illuminations called “Vilakku” the Thripuka will be  performed after that. The Sreekovil will be closed after Thripuka. Then the Krishnanattam, a colourful traditional dance-drama based on Lord Krishna’s life is enacted inside the Temple on specified days.

 

Accomodation

The Devaswom provides many facilities  in order to accommodate the pilgrims. there is the facility to book the rooms in advance. in order to do this , full room rent and reservation charges should be sent to The Administrator, Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur – 680101.by Demand Draft or Money Order well in advance. Full information about the reservation should be provided  along with the Demand Draft or Money Order.

Satram

The Devaswom Satram is situated  at some distance  from the Eastern Gopuram. It has 82 rooms with attached bath and 27 rooms having common bathroom. Four blocks are there in the Satram, namely South Block, East Block, TC Block and Canteen Block.

Kousthubham rest house( Phone No: 0487 2556537, Fax: 04872554844)

Kousthubhamn rest house is situated near  the sathram building.

Sl.No Rooms No. of Persons Rate
1 2 Bed Non A/c Adults 2 + Children’s 2 200
2 4 Bed Non A/c Adults 4 + Children’s 2 400
3 6 Bed Non A/c Adults 6 + Children’s 2 600
4 2 Bed A/c Adults 2 + Children’s 2 635
5 Dormitory Hall 50 Persons 2000 ( 6 pm to 6 am ) Extra Hours 750/Hour

Reservation Charge : 20/- Reservation Charge of Dormitory Hall: 100/- *Extra Room( A/C Room rs.50/- and Non A/Croom Rs.30/-)

Panchajanyam rest house (Phone no: 0487 2556535, Fax: 04872554844)

The Panchajanyam rest house is located at some distance from the south side of the east gopuram. The rates are as follow

Sl.No. Rooms No. of Persons Rate
1 5 Bed A/c Adults 5 + Children’s 2 1000 + Tax-Caution Deposit 500
2 3 Bed A/c Adults 3 + Children’s 2 750 + Tax-Caution Deposit 500
3 5 Bed Non A/c Adults 5 + Children’s 2 500 – Caution Deposit 300
4 3 Bed Non A/c Adults 3 + Children’s 2 350 – Caution Deposit 300

• Extra Persons ( A/c Room Rs. 50/- and Non A/c Rooms Rs.30/- ) (No Reservation For A/C Rooms)

Sreevalsam Guest House (Phone no: 0487 2556539)

This guest house is situated near the south side of the temple’s east gopuram. There are six airconditioned 2 beddedGURUVAYUR DEVASWOMsuits available in this residence

Suite No Rent Service Charges for 2 Hours
1,2,3,4 1400 + Tax 300
5 1000 + Tax 200
6 800 + Tax 150

* Extra Persons ( A/c Room Rs. 50/- and Non A/c Rooms Rs.30/- **booking facility is not  available for sreevalsam guest house  

 

 

SOME PICTURES OF GURUVAYUR TEMPLE 

How to reach here Guruvayur is situated in Thrissur district in Kerala.   The nearest international airport is the cochin international air port which is at a distance of 87 km There is a rail way station in guruvayur, you can take a passenger train from Thrissur or cochin. There are buses from Cochin and Thrissur. It is situated near the state highway 49 so there will not be any trouble for you to reach here.